Native of Jackson, Mississippi, he graduated with honors from Morton High School in 1997 and followed on to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in May 2006 and was the valedictorian of his Hospital Corps School “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois, in October 2006. He was selected for Advanced Medical Laboratory School and moved to San Diego, California, to attend the Naval School of Health Science. He graduated in February 2008 with Honors and his national American Society of Clinical Pathology Certification.
His first duty station was at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida. He advanced from HN to HM1 during his time at Navy Hospital Pensacola and served as the laboratory Leading Petty Officer for the hospital while providing support for 12 outlying clinics. In April of 2011 he was selected for an Individual Augmentee billet at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There he served as the leading laboratory technician providing patient care for 3 detainee camps. He returned in October 2011 and was advanced to Hospital Corpsman First Class in December. He completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Troy University in the spring of 2013.
He transferred to USS Essex (LHD 2) in February 2014 and is currently serving as the Medical Department’s Leading Petty Officer, and is in charge of the largest afloat medical facility in the surface combatant fleet. He guides a staff of 70 enlisted personnel from three different commands, providing ECHELON II patient care in support of USS Essex, Amphibious Readiness Group 3, and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Petty Officer Smith’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), Good Conduct Award (3), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Sea Service Ribbon, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.